French Colonial Urbanism in Africa

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This chapter explores some of the specificities of the urban planning knowledge transfer between Croatia, in the early period of the socialist Yugoslavia, and the newly independent Guinea, through a detailed examination of objectives, planning principles and solutions as well as the apparent possibility of implementation of the Urban Development Plan of Conakry prepared by the Croatian Urban Planning Institute in 1961-1963. The transfer of architectural and planning expertise between Croatia, as one of the former Yugoslav republics, and the countries of Africa and Asia was to a large degree determined by a specific political frame associated with the Non Aligned Movement. The Urban Development Plan of Conakry was based on the Chart of Athens principles. Besides the projects in industrialization and infrastructure, the most significant result of the early political cooperation was the agreement between the Guinean and Yugoslavian governments on the creation of the Urban Development Plan of Conakry, the capital of Guinea.

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French Colonial Urbanism in Africa, in C. N. Silva (Ed.), Urban Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa: Colonial and Post-Colonial Planning Cultures, Routledge, chapter 6